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The Technology Coach’s primary role is to work with teachers and students to identify what technology will best augment the traditional content delivery and assessment and then train them on how to best use those opportunities. TJ has lived in Twin Falls since the summer of 2008 and started as a 6th-grade teacher at Bickel Elementary. He then moved to O’Leary Middle School where he taught 6th-grade science for several years before taking on the Technology Coach position. TJ recently received a lifetime achievement award from the Times-News for his work with STEM education outside of the classroom, specifically for work with the FIRST Lego League robotics clubs and tournaments.
The Director of Educational Technology and Operations works closely with the Superintendent overseeing building and construction projects, transportation, facilities management and maintenance, safe and secure learning and work environments, child nutrition staff, and technology staff. The director analyzes data while monitoring the attendance zone population shifts to maintain attendance zone boundary equability. Other responsibilities include managing and chairing appropriate district committees such as the Safety Committee and the Technology Committee.
The Accounts Payable Specialist is a good resource for information regarding your budget. The specialist is responsible for receiving packing slips, information, and invoices. If a person has questions regarding paper or general supplies, the InTouch program, payments of invoices, travel reimbursements, requisitions, finding account balances, vendor information, or setting up new vendors the Accounts Payable Specialist can help. Ms. Briggs has been with the Twin Falls School District since 1983.
The Associate Superintendent works closely with the district administrators, faculty and school patrons to meet the educational needs of the school system. He oversees assessment and is responsible for Title I, Migrant, ESL, and other Federal programs. He is also the Title IX coordinator. Brulotte has worked in just about every building in the Twin Falls School District. He started his tour in 1989 teaching math at Twin Falls High School. After four years at TFHS, Brulotte became the vice principal at Morningside and Lincoln Elementary Schools. In 1996, he left the TFSD to serve in the Peace Corps. Brulotte returned to work as vice principal at Morningside and Sawtooth Elementary Schools until he became principal at O’Leary Middle School. He spent 3 years at OMS before becoming principal at Perrine Elementary School. In 2009 Brulotte was awarded the National Distinguished Principal of the Year award by the Idaho Association of Elementary School Principals. Brulotte joined the district office team in 2014.
The Director of Public Relations coordinates internal and external district communications, plans district events, works with staff and media to promote and cover district events, prepares publications and promotional materials, and maintains the district website. The director is also responsible for the review, revision, and compliance with district policy and state laws. She oversees all grant writing, administration, and distribution as well as public records requests. Contact the director if you have information that you would like to release to the media or would like on the website, need help designing, writing or updating materials, need copies of district produced materials, or if you are a media representative and would like to speak to someone regarding a particular subject.
Administrative Specialist to the Director of Support Services job duties include accepting calls to the Director; schedules Director and staff meetings; assists the Director of Support Services with budget, supply orders, staff trainings, state reports such as Exceptional Child Tuition Equivalency and Court-Ordered Tuition Equivalency Allowance. She also coordinates home bound services for the school district and is the testing coordinator for the ParaPro Assessment for para educators in the district. Mrs. Danos currently serves on the school district safety committee as well as the classified sick leave committee. Mrs. Danos is also a notary public for the State of Idaho.
Mrs. Danos has been with the district since 2007. Prior to that she worked as an administrative assistant at Gooding School District for 17 years.
The Human Resources Manager maintains certified and classified employee records. She works closely with principals on hiring of employees. She makes initial contact with new hires to ensure proper credentialing and correct salary placement. She assists the Director of Human Resources in counseling employees to resolve complaints and grievances and other matters related to personnel management, and works with principals on difficult or sensitive personnel matters. She is available to answer questions regarding employment, personnel policies and procedures, job descriptions, certification renewal dates, additional credits for course work, salary placement, FMLA, or leaves of absence. Ms. DeLeon was raised in Twin Falls and has been with the district for more than 30 years.
Dr. Dickinson has been with the Twin Falls School District since 1995. He started his career as a social studies teacher at Robert Stuart Middle School in 1995. In 2007, he took the role of Vice Principal and Athletic Direct at Robert Stuart Middle School. Dr. Dickinson helped with the planning and opening of Canyon Ridge High School as the school’s first Principal in 2009. That same year he received the Extra Mile Award from the Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce. While working as the Principal at CRHS in 2011, he received the Milken Award for the State of Idaho, which honors inspiring excellence in the world of education. Dr. Dickinson moved to a role in the District Office in 2013 to serve as the Director of Operations. Under his leadership, the TFSD built three new schools and provided needed upgrades to many of the district’s aging buildings. He became superintendent in 2016 taking on the district’s mission to “Provide a quality education necessary for all students to be successful in life.”
The Secondary Programs Director works with district administrators to implement programs and practices that improve student learning and the school district as a learning organization. He coordinates instructional leadership training and develops, implements, and evaluates in-service training programs. The director works with high school and middle school principals and staff in the development, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum assessments and new instructional materials, methods, services, and programs. He communicates the curriculum to staff and maintains a list of approved instructional materials. He also directs secondary testing and evaluates results. The director is a resource for any questions regarding curriculum development and assessments, textbook adoption, or if you would like to be on a committee to improve curriculum and/or instruction.
Dr. Erickson has been with the Twin Falls School District for five years. A University of Wyoming and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas alumni, Dr. Erickson was previously employed with the Blackfoot School District. Dr. Erickson has four children at four different schools in the Twin Falls School District.
The Director of Support Services makes sure all students with special needs receive the services and support necessary to help them be successful academically and productive adults. When parent concerns arise it is my goal to address them and remedy whatever they feel needs corrected. The goal of Support Services is to be an advocate for all children.
Rachel is responsible for payroll, insurance benefits, worker’s compensation claims, and assists employees with their retirement needs. Contact the Payroll Specialist if you have a question about your paycheck, payroll direct deposit, want to change your W4 withholdings, need to add or delete family members on your insurance, want to know how many sick, personal, or vacation days you have accumulated, need information on the sick leave bank, need to file a workers’ compensation claim, or are ready to retire.
The Elementary Programs Director works with the district administrators to assure implementation of programs and practices that improve instruction, student learning, and student achievement. The director coordinates instructional leadership training and professional development for elementary staff. The director works with elementary school principals and their staff in the development, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum, assessments and new instructional materials, instruction methods, services, and programs. The Director works in conjunction with elementary administrators with testing and the data analysis of testing results. The director works closely with district grade level leaders and grade level representatives to conduct pilot programs for new initiatives. The director is a resource for questions regarding curriculum development, assessments, textbook adoption, and grading practices.
Ms. Jones has been with the Twin Falls School District for five years. She has earned each of her college degrees from the University of Idaho. She has worked in school administration for the past 27 years in Gooding, Jerome, and Twin Falls. She was named Rookie Administrator of the Year for the State of Idaho in 1994 and National Distinguished Principal in 2013.
Contact your building technician or the technology department if you need assistance with your password, log-in, network access or connectivity, network printers, e-mail account, user folders, server “share” folders, building’s computer lab, district-purchased software, or classroom phone.
Executive Secretary to the Superintendent/Clerk of the Board job duties include accepting calls to the superintendent or Board of Trustees; schedules Board of Trustees and Superintendent appointments/meetings; answers TFSD #411 policy and procedure questions; communicates with schools information regarding District policies, requirements, and instructions as directed by the Superintendent or Associate Superintendent; maintains and organizes district permanent records such as tort claims, grievances, judgments, complaints, agreements, public notices, election documentation, contracts, and leases; prepares, distributes, and posts board meeting agendas, board packets, and other material for board meetings; and organizes the district calendar review committee. Mrs. Lucas is also a notary public for the State of Idaho.
Mrs. Lucas has been with the district since 2005. Prior to that, she worked as an administrative assistant at West Bonner County School District for five years.
The Gifted and Talented Coordinator assists students learning at optimal levels and teachers challenging bright learners. She organizes GT teacher training, identifies new GT students, and creates new programs to better meet the needs of bright learners. She also teaches Coding, Spanish and Future Problem Solving to students in the GT Magnet Classrooms. Marti is a graduate of BYU and USU and has been with the district 15 years.
The Food Service Supervisor plans and supervises the preparation and serving of menus at all district schools, as well as any special meals required for district-sponsored events. She follows federal and state standards and guidelines in the operation of the school food service program, sets prices, accepts bids from food providers, and maintains an inventory of all food and equipment. The supervisor should be contacted if you have questions about the food service employee salary schedule, need refreshments for a meeting, didn’t receive your food, or have a problem with a menu. Rieth started with TFSD in 1987. She has a background in bookkeeping and accounting as well as post-secondary certificates in Food Service, Institutional Food Service and Food Service Supervision and she is Nationally Certified Level III from the American School Nutrition Association
Contact the Purchasing Agent if you have a question about a purchase order, need help filling out a requisition, you have received a curriculum order that has been sent directly to your facility, or have questions about vendors, catalogs, liability or property insurance, or equipment inventory procedures. Ms. Rinehart is a Twin Falls native and has been with the Twin Falls School District for 35 years.
The Fiscal Affairs Director assists with the district’s financial management. He participates in budget preparation, distribution, and administration; directs the preparation of financial and accounting reports; provides information regarding district financial books, records, and reports; directs, plans, and coordinates financial data processing activities; supervises district investments, purchasing procedures, accounts payable processes, and payroll authorizations; and enacts controls over district cash management. Contact the director for audit, financial, budget or procedural information, assistance with accounting, budget preparation, or grant applications, or need a specific report. Mr. Seaman has been with the Twin Falls School District of 31 years. Before coming to TFSD he was a CPA in Las Vegas, Nevada and Twin Falls, Idaho. He is a proud BYU alumni and has seven children that have graduated from the Twin Falls School District
The payroll assistant works closely with the payroll specialist to process payroll and leave time. Contact the payroll assistant if you have questions about sick leave, payroll, personal leave, or time cards. The payroll assistant can help you find your leave time balances within the iVisions system and make changes to direct deposit and W-4 forms.
The Director of Human Resources is responsible for the Human Resources Department and Payroll. She works closely with the superintendent and principals in planning and anticipating personnel needs and helping employees resolve complaints, grievances, and other personnel matters. She also assists in the development and interpretation of personnel regulations and policies and develops and recommends salary policy and structure. She is also the Title IX coordinator. Contact the Director of Human Resources if you are having personnel problems, are being sexually harassed, have concerns about the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Family Medical Leave Act, or need a resource on Labor Law. Ms. Swafford relocated from Pratt, Kansas to Twin Falls with her two sons and her husband, who was born in Twin Falls.